BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY REVIEW
The BAR Companion: January 27, 2010
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BEST OF BAR AWARDS
Announcing the winners and runner up for BAR’s best articles of 2007-2008

The Biblical Archaeology Society is delighted to announce the winners and runner-up of the "Best of BAR" awards. These prestigious awards have been given for the best articles of 2007-2008, as judged by two of the most eminent scholars in the fields of Biblical studies and archaeology: Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University and Philip J. King, professor emeritus of Boston College. Come visit us online to read the articles that are considered by these distinguished judges to be the "best of BAR." Read more. ____________________________________________________________
DIG VOLUNTEER REPORT
A father and daughter team take on Tiberias

When Scott Fox retired, he pursued his lifelong dream of becoming an archaeologist. After volunteering on an archaeological excavation in Tiberias, he decided that he liked it so much that he retuned, bringing his 24-year-old daughter Erika with him. In one of the feature essays that celebrates the annual BAR Dig issue, Dr. Fox shares his experiences excavating with his daughter at one of Israel’s most evocative sites. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
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BREAKING NEWS
Check out the latest news in Biblical archaeology and related topics–updated daily

This week in the news, an ancient temple to the Egyptian cat goddess is discovered in Alexandria, while new evidence in Crete suggests that seafaring societies existed much earlier than previously believed. Researchers in Spain believe they may have found the city that gave rise to the legend of Atlantis, and in Jerusalem, a project to record the Mount of Olives burials goes online while the traditional spot of David’s tomb gets some much-needed attention. Read more. ____________________________________________________________
DIG OF THE WEEK
Tiberias: A New Season to Solve an Old Puzzle

Founded on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in 19 A.D., Tiberias became, over the course of its thousand-year history, a focal point of culture and commerce in northern Israel. Season after season, teams of archaeologists and volunteers come to help uncover the history of this ancient site. This year the focus is on reassessing an enigmatic colonnaded building that was long held to be a Byzantine market, but which dig director Katia Cytryn-Silverman believes may be something else entirely. Read more.

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THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Free gift offer – one week only

For one week only, receive a FREE GIFT, The Dead Sea Scrolls, a 96-page book with over 90 photos when you order The Copper Scroll, a book by Hershel Shanks and Jesus, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls a documentary DVD hosted by Hershel Shanks.

Shanks’s hardcover book The Copper Scroll and the Search for the Temple Treasure tells the intriguing story of two copper rolls now known as "the Copper Scroll" discovered in the Judean desert more than 50 years ago. Most scholars agree this unique scroll describes the treasures of the Jerusalem Temple that were buried shortly before 70 C.E., when the Roman legions burned the city and its holy sanctuary. Jesus, Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls, a 60-minute documentary DVD, explores the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, Qumran. Host Hershel Shanks takes you there to examine the ruins up close. The breathtaking cinematography makes it the next best thing to actually being there!

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EGYPT: AN ARMCHAIR TRAVELER’S GUIDE
Journey to Egypt without leaving home

Our tour to Egypt has just departed, but there will be another opportunity to join BAS on an adventure to Egypt down the road. In the meantime, why not take a voyage into Egypt’s legendary past from the comfort of your own home? Join us on a visceral, virtual journey to Egypt with the experts that know it best, including a video lecture on Queen Hatshepsut and in-depth articles on ancient Egyptian sites and rulers. Read more.

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CARTOON CAPTION CONTEST
Submit a caption

Write a caption for this cartoon! The author of the best caption will receive a BAS T-shirt, a Dead Sea Scroll mug and three complimentary subscriptions to give BAR to friends. Runners-up will receive a BAS T-shirt and two complimentary subscriptions.The deadline for captions is February 15, 2010. Read more.

CONTENTS
Best of BAR Awards
Dig Volunteer Report
Breaking News
Dig of the Week
Free Gift Offer
Egypt Armchair Traveler
Cartoon Caption Contest
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